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All the products as displayed may vary in size as all are hand thrown on the wheel or handmade with slabs. The process is a long process. Once a product is thrown on the wheel it has to stand for about a day to dry so it can be worked off and smoothed out. The drying process can be anything from a week to a month depends factors such as weather, and what they comprise of, should a product like a candle stick have a handle they have to dry a lot slower as the handles have to set slower otherwise they break off.
Once dried the raw products are hand designed with underglazes and some with oxides. Once designed they are put into the Kiln and fired to Bisque the temperature is about 950 Degrees and takes about 8-10 for the firing.
The kiln takes about one and a half days to cool down before you can open it. If you open it earlier the products crack with the sudden cool air.
The products are then quality tested and dipped in the glaze ready for the glaze firing. The kiln is then repacked and fired to glaze temperature of 1120 degrees this can take up to 9 to 10 hours. The glaze kiln cools down approximately for 2 days. After this the products come out completed and ready.
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Welcome to Riaan Botha Pottery
What about Riaan Botha that is so amazing
Starting art classes in school I never did pottery as it wasn’t offered as a subject.
I started pottery privately with a lady in the area I automatically fell in love with the process and feel of the clay. Continuing with pottery classes to improve my knowledge and experience. I then perfected the wheel work as well as slab work. I also did some Raku work as well. I had found my passion.
I then purchased my first kiln a baby one I made hand work like ornaments for the garden and the like. After school I worked for a company in Saldanha as a training potter this is where I started mastering the art of wheel work. I then progressed and made handcrafted pottery in Hartenbos and did lots of the markets in the area as well as supplying shops.
In between the Pottery business I have done various art lines, such as managing flower shops and had my own florist for many years which I then closed and started working as a Bridal Consultant, the company closed down. My other passion is cooking hence I went into that and made lunches for offices and catered for parties for private functions.
I then restarted with my pottery and I now have a 6 cu foot kiln as well as wheel. I throw, design all my own products nothing is moulded and I can genuinely say that I feel my products are unique and offer great character. I have a few shops that I supply and they are very happy with products that I provide which I hope you will be as well.
Collecting ceramics is more than just owning beautiful objects. It is also about gathering stories, following an artist’s growth, and fueling one’s intellectual curiosity.
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